A grandmother who bit off her friend’s finger during a drunken fight in Melbourne’s south-east has avoided jail.
Mansis Bandi, 50, from Pakenham, had been drinking alcohol at a party at a friend’s farmhouse in Cranbourne in October 2017, when she got into an argument with a friend.
The victim was not happy that Bandi was with a married man.
A fight then erupted, with the pair falling to the ground while punching and scratching each other.
Bandi then bit off her friend’s left ring finger, which had to be amputated.
She was also injured in the fight and sustained bite marks.
Judge George Georgiou said Bandi did not instigate the altercation and acted in a way which she believed was self-defence, but took it too far.
Bandi is a respected leader of the Papua New Guinean community in Melbourne.
She earlier pleaded guilty to recklessly causing serious injury after some other charges were dropped.
Bandi received a three-year good behaviour bond in Victoria’s County Court and was ordered to make a $300 donation to charity.